Summary: Parents need to know that despite being limited to the small screen of a portable system, this Grand Theft Auto installment features all the violence, sex, drugs, obscenities, and criminal behavior of its console cousins. Parents should not confuse the handheld gaming experience of Nintendo's Gameboy or DS systems with that of the Sony PSP.
Excerpt: A Grand Theft Auto game really doesn’t need an introduction. If you’ve never played a Grand Theft Auto game, then you’ve almost certainly at least heard of Grand Theft Auto. So with the series’ first foray into the PSP world, the question is not what is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, but is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories any good?
Excerpt: The prospect of a full-fledged Grand Theft Auto game on a handheld is an exciting one. It’s also a dangerous undertaking as well. Succeed, and you’re hailed as a hero. Fail, and you’ve got a fan base of over a million gamers to answer to, many of whom are (at least if the media is to be believed) prone to sudden snaps of violence. Grand Theft Auto ’s jump to the PSP comes with the same impact as the series' jump to the PS2.
Summary: Liberty City Stories is the AAA title that shouts out why the PSP is the best handheld on the market and is the game that many people will buy it for. The game is almost identical to its console counterpart offering excellent free roaming gameplay still unrivaled by any game, there's a very good story, lots to do throughout the city and the only game on the PSP that can truly be said is worth the price.
Excerpt: Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has established a standard for free-roaming gameplay in a massive gameworld on the home consoles over the past few years that has been often imitated without the same degree of success. When word got out that they were going to place GTA on Sony's PSP handheld, there were skeptics about how it would turn out. Now, with game in hand, I would have to say that the company has done wonders the make the transition so successful.
Pros: Huge gameworld with lots of missions, It's impressive that they squeezed this onto the PSP, Wi-Fi multiplayer
Cons: Suffers from slow down, Camera and lock-on are poor, Not really portable
Summary: Returning to the gritty streets of Liberty
City, the latest GTA title takes players back for a prequel of sorts to GTA III.
While you'd expect the game to be scaled back somewhat, the biggest surprise is that this has the depth, expansiveness and
free-form play you've come to expect from the series without compromising the
excellent production that are the series trademarks.
Excerpt: Four years after we got our first chance to walk the streets of Liberty City in 3D, the Grand Theft Auto series finally arrives on the PSP. It has new features, but is missing a few that were available in GTA3. In the end it delivers a free-roaming gamer's dream, GTA in the palm of your hand. Liberty City Stories takes place in 1999, two years before the events in Grand Theft Auto 3.
Summary: With a lengthy story, exciting multiplayer modes, and plenty of white-knuckle action, Liberty City Stories offers just about everything you could want from a Grand Theft Auto game. It has a few quirks, but is easily one of the best portable games of the year! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.